you ever called someone and were disappointed when they answered? you wanted the machine. you're always kind of thrown off. you go, "oh, i--i didn't know you were there. "i just wanted to leave a message saying sorry i missed you." so here's two people, hate each other, don't really ever want to talk, but the phone machine is like this relationship respirator keeping these marginal, brain-dead relationships alive. we do it so when we come home, you can see that little flashing red light. you go, "all right. messages."